Burgundy Smokey Eye

Hi Loves, I finally got back to blogging and filming makeup tutorials. Yay! I created this gorgeous Burgundy Smokey Eye look and wanted to share it with you. I thought it would be perfect for Fall! Although it’s Fall season, it’s about 90 degrees here in California. Crazy weather! Wishing I was on the East Coast enjoying the crisp cool weather. To create this Burgundy Smokey Eye, I used the Burgundy Times Nine Eyeshadow Palette from MAC. I love this palette because you can create so many different day and evening looks with it. Since this look is all about …

Peach Makeup Look

Peach Makeup Look Hi Loves, As most of you know, I’m a makeup artist in Orange County, California. On my days off, I like to film makeup looks for my YouTube channel “Makeup By Debra”. I wanted to create a pretty peach makeup look and film it. I thought this look would be perfect for Summer. I used one coat of foundation since I really wanted something light weight for the hot Summer months. Using the Chloe Morello Ciate London palette, I created this simple peachy eye and paired it with a bright lip. For highlight, I used this gorgeous …

BTS Fashion

Hi Loves, As you all know, I’m a makeup artist in Orange County, CA. I filmed this BTS Fashion video in December and finally got around to editing it today. I know it’s now May… a little late,  but better than never. Model Kelli Kickham and I have been planning on collaborating for years and I was so excited that we eventually got around to shooting! Lovely photographer Anna Buder was on set with us to take some amazing photos. I was doing the makeup and filming this video. Please note that hair was done by Madison Reeves, clothes are …

Modern Renaissance Gold & Burgundy

Modern Renaissance Gold & Burgundy Hi Loves, I had some time and wanted to create a look to share with you. I didn’t really have anything planned out, I just sat down in front of my camera and just decided to wing it. I hope you like this Modern Renaissance Gold & Burgundy makeup look! First I applied MAC Bamboo in the crease. I like to use this shade to help crease colors blend out better. Next, I applied Burnt Orange from the Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance palette into my crease and corner. This look is all about layering …

Modern Renaissance Makeup Tutorial

Modern Renaissance Makeup Tutorial Hi Loves, I went to Sephora and bought the new Anastasia Beverly hills Modern Renaissance Palette. It’s beyond gorgeous with pretty vibrant eyeshadow colors. This palette is light lavender on the outside and feels like velvet. I used the shades Burnt Orange, Antique Bronze, Love Letter, Venetian Red, and Vermeer. I included contouring and highlighting in this makeup tutorial. For the lips I used a bright magenta lipstick by MAC. I hope you like my Modern Renaissance Makeup Tutorial! ♥ Products used for this look: Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Palette MAC 217 Blending Brush MAC 239 …

Sunburst Makeup Look

Sunburst Makeup Look Hi Loves, I created this pretty Sunburst Makeup Look on my friend Courtney to make her hazel green eyes pop! To create this look, I used the shade Gash from the Urban Decay Vice LTD Reloaded palette and placed this color right on her lid. To warm up the crease, I used the eyeshadows Texture and Rule by MAC. I highlighted her brow bone, inner corner of the eyes, and cheek bones with Mary Lou Manizer by The Balm. This is such a gorgeous highlighter! To get glowing skin, I mixed a few drops of The Glow …

Rose Gold Makeup Tutorial

Rose Gold Makeup Tutorial Hi Loves, My friend April came over the other day and I created this pretty makeup look to include rose and gold eyeshadows from the Buxom Dolly’s Wild Side Eyeshadow Palette. I paired the look with a pink blush from Sigma Beauty called Modesty. For the lips, I decided to use a lavender shade from Urban Decay called Bittersweet. I tested out the Sigma Beauty Clean Cut Brow Pencil and Duo Brow Powder in the shade Light. They were really nice to work with! To complete the look, I added Ardell Wispies Lashes. These lashes are inexpensive and …

Valentines Day Makeup

Valentines Day Makeup Hi Loves, I created this pretty Valentine’s Day Makeup look on my friend Cierra. The eyeshadows are matte and then I added a bit of glitter on the inside corner of the eyes to make them pop. This step is optional if you prefer not to wear glitter. I paired the look with a pink blush and pink lipgloss. Here is a step by step makeup tutorial on this makeup look. I really hope you like it! ♥ Product List MAC Wipes NARS Sheer Glow for eyeshadow base MAC 190 Foundation Brush Beauty Blender Pro Laura Mercier Translucent Powder …

Simple Makeup Look

Hi Loves, I created a simple makeup look on my friend Sana using mostly neutral shades from my MAC eyeshadow palette. For the cheeks, I lightly contoured and highlighted with a few new brushes I got at IMATS from the Sigma Beauty booth. To complete the look, I used a mixture of Bobbi Brown and Sephora mauve lipsticks. I hope you find this look easy to recreate. If you do, please tag me on Instagram: makeupbydebra Product List: MAC Wipes Laura Mercier Translucent Powder MAC Vanilla MAC Texture MAC Jest MAC Espresso MAC Brun MAC Blacktrack MAC Haute & Naughty …

IMATS HAUL 2016

IMATS HAUL 2016 Hi Loves, I attended IMATS LA this past weekend and wanted to share with you what I got! Most of these products I will be putting in my professional makeup kit, but a few I will be keeping for myself. Here is a video I filmed with all of the products. I hope you like it! Please make sure to like, comment, share, and subscribe. Thanks so much for watching this IMATS HAUL 2016! ♥ Product List: Lashes In A Box No 10 Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara Le Metier De Beaute Cinema Secrets Makeup Brush …

Winter Classic Makeup

Hi Loves, I created this gorgeous Winter Classic Makeup look on my friend Christine and thought I’d share a step by step makeup tutorial on how to recreate it. Starting with a gold shimmery eyeshadow, pairing it with a cutesy pink blush, and completing the look with a stunning red lip. This makeup look is just perfect for Winter! I hope you like it! If you recreate this makeup look, please feel free to tag me on Instagram @makeupbydebra #makeupbydebra All of the products that I used in this video are listed below. Happy New Year! Product List: MAC Wipes MAC …

Channel Trailer

Hi Loves! As some of you may know, I have been working on launching my YouTube Makeup Channel. It’s finally here, my very first video – Channel Trailer! It’s taken me some time to learn the tech side of things – camera, lighting, editing software, etc. I’ve had so much fun throughout the process and look forward to producing more videos for my Youtube Makeup Channel. I hope you like it! Please feel free to leave your comments on YouTube below the video and SUBSCRIBE. ♥ As always, thank you so much for reading! ♥ Debra Johnson Makeup Artist Orange County, …

Makeup For A Shift In The Seasons

Hi Loves, I had the opportunity to do makeup for an editorial shoot with a local magazine. The wardrobe consisted of lightweight layers and fall outerwear. There were a few different makeup looks that I created for this shoot. My favorite was the second look, where I used gold, bronze, and brown eyeshadows paired with a pretty berry lipstick. I added a bronzer to the model’s face to warm up the look and used a gold highlighter on top of the cheekbones to bring light to the face. I slightly filled in the brows, but kept them more on the …

Summer Makeup

Hi Loves! I’m sure some of you have already seen a few pics I posted on social media of my latest shoot with Newport Beach Magazine for their June/July “Best of Beaches” Issue. The shoot was held on the gorgeous grounds of the Montage in Laguna Beach overlooking the beautiful Pacific Ocean. The day started out a bit foggy, but the sun did eventually shine! The theme of the shoot was all about resort wear…with bright hues and bold patterns, paired with the perfect Summer makeup! Let’s get right into my favorite part…the makeup! For this shoot it was all about …

Ethereal Makeup

Hi Loves! Recently, I had the opportunity to do makeup on a really fun shoot with photographer Sarah Park and model Megan McDermott! The theme of this photoshoot was wrapped around the wardrobe, which consisted of beautiful tulle flowing skirts by Space 46 and accessorized with one of a kind head pieces by Creature of Habit. The makeup for this look was to be fresh and somewhat ethereal. ♥ For this ethereal makeup look, I started Megan’s makeup by priming her lids with a makeup base. Next, I dusted a golden shade of eyeshadow to the lids and under the eye. …

Holiday Beauty Gift Guide

Hi Loves! Here is my Holiday Beauty Gift Guide for gifts to give and request this season! ♥ (Click the link or image for more info) MAC “Keepsakes Plum Eyes” is a beautiful eyeshadow palette that has eight gorgeous purple shades in your favorite finishes, including frost, veluxe, pearl, luster, matte and satin! The shades are: Sensibility, Plum Grand, Taupeless, Magic Moor, Subtly Elegant, Fashion Beat, Nocturnelle, and Shadowy Lady. The palette also includes a double-ended applicator complete with a 213 Fluff Brush and 266 Small Angle Brush. Give your look the royal treatment!   Dior “Backstage Brush Set” features tools created with …

Orange Lipstick

Hi Loves! We’ve all seen it on the red carpet, fashion runways, magazines, celebrity outings, etc. The orange lipstick trend is sooo very hot this year, especially now for Summer! 😉 Pair this beautiful makeup look (that I created for model Jenya, below) with a white top, floral dress, or swim suit. A pretty shade of orange lipstick is perfect for a day at the beach or a night on the town! Here’s how to get the look: 1) Apply primer to the eyes to make eyeshadow last longer. Try using the Tom Ford Eye Primer Duo, a unique blend of powder and …

The No Makeup Makeup Look

Hi Loves! Let’s talk about the no makeup makeup look! This look is very on-trend right now, especially since it’s getting a little warmer out. I had such a fun time creating this makeup look for gorgeous model/actress Brittaney (photo below) during a photoshoot and thought I’d share it with you. This look is just perfect for a summer day at the beach or pool! 😉 Here’s how to get this flawless no makeup makeup look (photo below): 1) Start by prepping the eye with a base like the Eye Priming Perfector from Becca. This eye primer creates an invisible canvas …

Romantic Makeup For Spring and Summer

Hi Everyone! It’s runway time! 😉 I ran across this romantic makeup look (below) seen backstage at the Spring/Summer 2014 Alena Akhmadullina runway show and I’m in love. ♥ This makeup look is bold, yet romantic… with the eyes splashed in peach shadow and black mascara, brows defined, cheek bones highly accentuated with contour and blush, and the lips saturated with a crimson lipstick. Totally gorgeous! The products I would recommend for this romantic makeup look are: Sigma Beauty Eyeshadow Palette – Warm Neutrals This is one of my favorite eyeshadow palettes. Try using the shades Cinnamon, Balanced, Cozy, Sugar Milk, and …

How To Achieve A Fresh Faced Makeup Look

Hi Everyone! I had the pleasure of doing makeup for lovely model Lyssa during a photoshoot recently. For this blog post, I thought it would be fun to explain how you can achieve this fresh faced makeup look (photo below). This makeup look focuses on creating flawless skin while incorporating a pop of color which is totally wearable every day. Start by prepping the eye lids with Too Faced Shadow Insurance. These come in several shades. For this look, I chose the basic one that does not have shimmer. Sweep the lightest shade from the NARSissist Eyeshadow Palette from NARS …

Ask Me Anything – Moisturizer, Foundation, Mascara

Hi loves, It’s always so fun writing these Q&A blog posts. I received some really great questions this week when I posted “Ask Me Anything” (makeup related of course) on my Facebook page and wanted to share them with you! Q: What is the best makeup and moisturizer for oily and acne prone skin in the summer? I do not need heavy coverage. A: I would opt for a lightweight moisturizer that sinks into the skin. Try using the 3-Step Skin Care system by Clinique; Skin Type 4: Oily. The clarifying lotion will help control shine and the moisturizer will maintain …

Lashes 101

Hi Everyone! As you may know, I frequently teach makeup lessons, which I absolutely love doing! There are a few items regarding eyelashes that come up in each makeup lesson which I’d like to focus on today. Let’s get into it: Lashes 101. One of the techniques that I explain to each student is how to properly curl eyelashes. I know, it may seem simple to you, just curl and go … but are you really getting the most out of your eyelashes? Why curl? Curling your eyelashes will create the illusion of having longer lashes, provide an attractive curve, …

Give Your Makeup A Sexy Boost

Hi Everyone! I was running some errands at the local drug store the other day and had to stop when I saw the cutest makeup packaging by Physicians Formula! They currently have 10 different lines: Mineral Wear, Eye Booster, Sexy Booster, Nude Wear, Bronzers, Organic Wear, Super BB, Shimmer Strips, Youthful Wear, and Super CC. My faves in particular are the Sexy Booster, Nude Wear, and the Shimmer Strips. The ultimate must have is Sexy Booster, which comes in gorgeous red and black packaging with a silver high heel shoe charm! Love it! ♥ They market this as “the 1st ever line of …

Makeup Tip – No Makeup Remover? No Problem!

Have you ever gone on a trip, packed 4 suitcases of items you totally didn’t need, knew you wouldn’t use, but had to bring anyway? Of course you have! Then, of all the things you forgot to pack, that you actually needed, was your favorite makeup remover. I’ve done this …it happens! 😉

Smokey Desire

Smokey eye tutorial! Want to get that gorgeous fab smokey eye like Scarlett Johansson for Desire by Dolce & Gabbana? Apply Prep + Prime Eye by MAC all over the eye. Choose brown and peach shades like NARS Matte Eyeshadow in Bengali and Shimmer Eyeshadow in California. Apply a beautiful black liner such as Telescopic Precision Liquid Eyeliner by Loreal. Coat lashes with Mary Kay Ultimate Mascara. Enjoy your gorgeous new smokey eye – Desire! ♥ Debra Johnson Makeup Artist Orange County, California Don’t forget to share, comment, and subscribe! SUBSCRIBE TO MY BLOG!